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Re: Valium or Xanax have more antidepressant effect? med_empowered

Posted by SLS on September 2, 2008, at 6:04:04

In reply to Re: Valium or Xanax have more antidepressant effect?, posted by med_empowered on September 1, 2008, at 21:09:53

> hey. From what I understand, benzos and low-dose neuroleptics do pretty well in short-term treatment of some forms of depression b/c both agents reduce anxiety and agitation. That said, Xanax can have pretty pronounced activating/antidepressant effects...it used to be kind of popular for treating more anxious forms of depression (often w/o an antidepressant).
> I dont know that there's any reliable way to predict which tranquilizer will be best for your problems...I would guess that if you're showing signs of agitated and/or psychotic depression or (hypo)mania, valium would probably be better.
> Also, I imagine that if you have problems with over-activation with antidepressants you might want to go for Valium (or any BZD that isn't xanax).

I agree with this. I would just like to mention that clonazepam has some poorly understood influences on 5-HT neurotransmission such that its mood stabilization properties caused it to be the more recommended benzo for bipolar mania before the arrival of valproate. It worked for me while in a manic delusional state in combination with lithium.


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